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the Governing Mayor of Berlin,
for the opening of the Meta House in Cambodia
On the occasion of the official opening of the art, culture, and communications center Meta House, I would like to convey the very best wishes of the Germany capital city to the people of Phnom Penh. I am delighted that a Cambodian-German center is taking up residence in the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia; this is an excellent example for the friendly ties between the Federal Republic of Germany and your country.

I am especially pleased about the opening exhibition being held at the Meta House in Phnom Penh: within the framework of the “Intercity” dialogue project, artists from Berlin, among other places, are presenting their work. This work describes culture, life, and architecture in our city and thus offers a wonderful opportunity to bring the people of our two cities a little closer together. Culture, after all, is an important link. Cultivating cultural exchange also means building a bridge between countries and people. With the help of art and culture, we can bridge even a distance as great as that between Phnom Penh and Berlin.

In this spirit, I wish the Meta House in Phnom Penh a big success with its projects and many interested visitors.

Klaus Wowereit (Berlin Governing Mayor) and
Klaus Dieter Stadler (Intercity Artist), Berlin